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Television of Nomads

One of the young Berbers who had helped in our sand baptism gestures to the sky. ‘You, at home in America, you have T.V.’s to watch, television…artificial, right? But this…’ he says, spreading his arms at the white moon, the black screen so clustered with constellations, with shooting stars, millions of light-years trapped in one singular moment of time…

this is the television of nomads.’

-Lauren West, Television of Nomads: A Name Origin Story

 


Lauren West

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Lauren-BioA wayfaring writer with a restlessness for the unfamiliar, Lauren sprung from a family that always encouraged a nomadic spirit. Movement was in her blood, having been born from a mother who migrated to the states from the Philippines at age 14, and a father who bounced from state to state his entire adolescence. From the age of 11, Lauren lived a bi-coastal life, spending most of the year in South Florida, and the summer months in her birthplace of Los Angeles, California. While her family had taken international trips fairly consistently throughout her life, it wasn’t until Lauren had received scholarships to study abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Prague, Czech Republic, that she began to develop a voyaging style all her own. She began probing independently throughout Thailand, and then through Europea travel-themed coming-of-age story climaxing in a formative backpacking trip through the spine of Morocco with one of her Prague roommates. Lauren-BioAfter returning home to snag her UCLA diploma and build up a few freelancing writing and editing creds, Lauren leaped out from the City of Angels to land somewhere new, anywhere, to pull those “strings of tension waiting to be struck,” a description Emerson used for the world’s countless opportunities, to ride the cultural convolutions, revel in the rhythm, and hang on every note the world has to offer. Currently, that means teaching English on the Korean island of Jeju, but despite the changing scenery and home-bases, there will always be one constant: movement.

Benjamin Juster

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Ben-BioBoy met girl almost 6 years ago and, quickly, immediately, and all at once, they became deeply involved. Ben and Lauren applied and got accepted to UCLA together, taking their free-time to explore the cultural landscape of Westwood and Los Angeles hand-in-hand, as well as nearby cities like Mammoth, Indio, and Santa Barbara. Their first international venture together was in 2012, when Ben came to visit Lauren in Prague during her semester abroad. Lauren soon passed her love for travel onto Ben, who quickly learned that travel really can be made more accessible than often believed, and doesn’t require a trust fund, exceptional luck, or wings and a unicorn to ride on. Ben, however, did certainly have some good fortune—after winning some money from a quick stunt on College Jeopardy, he was able to pay off his credit card debt. The couple then took a very frugal backpacking trip to Peru, a trip rocked heavily by protests through the Southern region that taught Ben the very valuable lesson of flexibility while traveling. Ben-BioSoon enough, Ben took his own trip through Southeast Asia, crossing off several countries and learning his own travel lessons. Now, 6 years after boy met girl, boy and girl have made a life together temporarily on Jeju Island as ESL teachers, spending their weekends gallivanting around this Korean volcanic island, their holidays exploring nearby countries, and every other waking second planning their many adventures to come together.

49 Comments

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    Rashminotes
    April 20, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    You have a wonderful blog; look forward to reading many of your posts:)
    Thanks for stopping by mine!

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    Rachel S
    April 23, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Your blog is gorgeous!! Thank you so much for the like!

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    meticulousmick
    May 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Cheers for the positive comments on my humble corner of the blogosphere, really appreciated. Hope to see you around some more. In the meantime let me explore your own work, MM 🍀

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    shanefx
    May 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    cool

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    thedoorstepcat
    May 22, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by

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    Trish Uy
    May 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love your blog! <3

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    Simonette Lubbe
    May 25, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Lovely blog, very interesting.

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    HNIN AYE THIN
    June 6, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Wow. You have travelled nearly 30 countries. I wana meet both of you one day

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      Lauren West
      June 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

      If we drop by Malaysia maybe you could show us around! 🙂

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    Estelle
    June 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Wow this is a really awesome life you both have! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Am looking forward to reading more about Seoul as I will be there for 10 days at the end of July. 🙂 Also, what a coincidence! I’m also thinking about teaching English abroad as a means to travel. Would love to read more about your experiences xx

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      Lauren West
      June 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Cheers, Estelle! We can definitely try to post more about Seoul before your trip! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Charis
    June 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for liking my post! Thought I would check your blog out 😀 really love it! Can’t wait to read about your adventures all over the world!

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      Lauren West
      June 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Oh thank you so much!

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        Eddie
        June 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm

        I read your post and wiehsd I was good enough to write it

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    demi
    June 21, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Awesome!

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      Lauren West
      June 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Glad you think so, Demi!

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    Harsha Balur
    June 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hello,

    You have a great blog with such diverse experiences. Inspiring!! Thanks for following my blog. And do consider India as a destination. I amm certain, you will love it 🙂

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      Lauren West
      June 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thank you so much, Harsha! India is definitely in the works for us soon enough!

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    Kathy
    July 5, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Your blog is so interesting! 😀 Can’t wait to go read more 🙂

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      televisionofnomads
      July 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Appreciate the compliment, Kathy!

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    Lex and Neek
    July 6, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Hi Lauren and Ben! Looking forward to seeing more of your exciting posts and photos. Thank you for liking our post on “Seven Magic Mountains – Magical Sculptures”

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      televisionofnomads
      July 6, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Glad to hear it, Lex and Neek! Keep up the great work yourselves!

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    Raveen Johal
    July 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I love everything about this blog! I can’t wait to read more 🙂

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      Lauren West
      July 10, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      That puts the biggest smile on my face, Raveen!

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    Debbie Diljak
    August 3, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Just cruised around your blog. I like it! Thanks for visiting mine.

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    Brian Lageose
    September 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Cool site. Now, would you consider adding a “like” option on the posts so that folks can really show their appreciation?

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      Lauren West
      September 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks, Brian! Yeah, no like button, but hey, we do have those “share” buttons for some appreciation-showing 😉

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    Curlygirlabroad
    September 22, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I nominated you for an award! If you like doing it here is the link: https://curlygirlabroad.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/blogger-recognition-award-2/, no pressure though! 🙂

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      Lauren West
      September 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Wow, thank you so much! We’ll definitely check it out!

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    Ian
    September 23, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    What a fantastic blog! Thank you for stopping by at carazian.wordpress.com.

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      Lauren West
      September 23, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Glad you dropped by yourself, Ian!

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    Katie
    October 24, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love the inspiration I’m getting from yours! 🙂

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      Lauren West
      October 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      No problem, Katie! And the same to you!

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    Kimberley
    October 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Love the explanation behind the site name.

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    Sara - I do what I want to
    November 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Great guys keep the traveling running!

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      Lauren West
      November 16, 2016 at 3:20 am

      For sure, Sara! And you as well!

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    Stephanie Frias
    November 2, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Fascinating story, beautiful blog! Looking forward to following your journey and hopeful to see a few little ones join your quest…just like ours did! Our story began in California too, an ideal place to find your wings ♡

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      Lauren West
      November 16, 2016 at 3:20 am

      Lovely words from a lovely lady, Stephanie!

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    Television of Nomads
    November 16, 2016 at 3:26 am

    […] We're Lauren and Ben, a couple of LA natives (one writer and one Jeopardy! contestant) with a thirst for the world who have left behind the city we will always call home to travel and teach English on the Korean island of Jeju. We've caught a travel bug that we will never lose, and over the 28 countries we've visited, we've racked up a ton of travel knowledge we want to share with you all! Learn more about us. […]

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